I urge all Oak Park voters to attend at least one of the upcoming District 97 school board candidate forums to learn about the candidates and the issues. I believe anyone who does will conclude that Carolyn Newberry Schwartz, the current District 97 board vice president, deserves reelection.
As former presidents of the District 97 Board of Education, we offer our enthusiastic support for our new Superintendent Constance Collins. Local news reports and "word on the street," indicate that the current board has selected an excellent superintendent to lead Oak Park's Elementary schools.
In the Feb. 16 wednesday journal viewpoints section, my dear friend, Ethel Cotovsky, offered a cleverly crafted and thinly disguised negative campaign piece ("Milstein's not the same Bob she remembers") for her preferred slate of candidates for village offices in the April election?#34;the first negative swing of this 2005 campaign season.
I was extremely pleased to hear that Greg Marsey is running for village trustee as a member of the New Leadership Party. We have been neighbors and friends for several years and I have served with him on our Condo Association Board.
As Oak Park residents, we are expressing our strong support for passing an ordinance to prohibit smoking in public places, such as restaurants, bars and other workplaces. As a community that has demonstrated leadership on public health issues, now is the time to declare Oak Park 100 percent smoke-free.
After reading so many letters and articles regarding the smoking ban in Oak Park, I cannot hide my thoughts any more. I must write a few words. We live in a society where as adults we are supposed to make healthy and safe choices. If we decide to make unhealthy choices then there are consequences.
Lately, I have been hearing talk regarding the rights of smokers in our community, but not enough has been said on behalf of non-smokers in Oak Park. Why do the rights of smokers, a minority 13 percent of Oak Parkers, trump the rights of the majority (87 percent) of non-smoking Oak Parkers to breathe clean, fresh, indoor air? Why are our rights not being taken into account here, when we comprise such a high percentage of the population?